Enhance your visit and participate in citizen science with these nature-based apps
eBird is a must for the avid birder. Linked to Merlin Bird ID, this app allows you to share sightings as well as upload recordings of birds. GPS tracking allows users to map their trips and pinpoint where the bird was on their birding expedition as geolocation is necessary for the data the app is attempting to compile. With more than 100,000,000 sightings contributed each year from users around the world, eBird is connecting birders everywhere through their love of our feathered friends. Data collected from eBird has been used in hundreds of conservation decisions globally, and continues to influence environmental projects.
iNaturalist & Seek
Anyone can be a naturalist with iNaturalist and Seek. Seek is perfect for the novice naturalist attempting to identify plants and animals with which they are unfamiliar. Simply snap a photo of your observation and Seek will match it with possible species based on your location using powerful image recognition technology. Once the findings have been confirmed with Seek, iNaturalist allows the user to connect with Naturalists and other Citizen Scientists to understand and interpret the data. iNaturalist currently has over 1,100,000 nature enthusiasts from around the world who have contributed more than 30,000,000 observations of over 250,000 species! Observations shared through iNaturalist contribute to global environmental studies and conservation efforts.
Audubon is the perfect way to start birding as it was created for all experience levels and is user friendly. Simply input all that you observed about your bird – size, color, tail shape, etc. – and Audubon will provide a list of options for your location. The Audubon field guide features over 3,000 photos, 8+ hours of audio recordings, range maps, and expert advice. Audubon encourages users to get involved in conservation efforts, find ways to take action, and keep up with the “world of birds” through its easy to use app.
Merlin is an interactive “field guide” for identifying birds. Simply upload a picture of answer 3 questions about a bird you’ve spotted and based on your location, and the Merlin identifier wizard will provide you with a list of possible species. Even if you can’t see the birds you’re hoping to identify, as long as you can hear them, Merlin has you covered. With over 15,000 audio recordings, you match your bird without ever laying eyes on it! Bird enthusiasts, beginning birders, and ornithological experts the world over are sharing their sightings and recordings, providing identification tips, and communicating with other birders through Merlin.